Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families, 

Congratulations to Ms. Stankaitis’ and Mrs. Shepherd’s classes for winning the Battle of the Books today! Here is the Zoom link to the recording from Battle of the Books, passcode: Battle2023!

Thank you to Ms. Campbell and Mr. Zimmerman for two amazing concerts on Tuesday.  If you missed it and want to enjoy it, here you go

We have two amazing Instructional Assistants who are retiring!  Congratulations to Janet Bennett and Kathy Montes!  Thank you for all of your dedication and work over the years.  The following staff members are also leaving due to moves and pursuing other opportunities outside of FCPS: Mrs. Dillon, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Gerges, and Ms. Cordova. Mrs. Hapangama is taking a year off to spend time with her family.  Dr. Mitchell has also decided to step out of the Assistant Principal position to be more available to spend time with her twins.  She will be returning to Stenwood, but in a different position.  We are in the final stages of the hiring process for our new assistant principal.  

Next week, our beloved tradition of the in person Variety Show will be back!  The Variety Show is Thursday at 9:00am. If you are unable to join us in person, here is the link to watch it live.  If you would like to watch the 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony, here is a link to watch it live, it will begin at 10:30am on Friday.  

If you are here for class parties, or other end of the year events, please stop by the Lost and Found to claim any of your children’s items.  All items will be donated after the last day of school.  

See below for more information about: 

  • End of Year Testing Results - NEW
  • Yearbook Sales - NEW
  • End of Year Medication Pick-Up/Disposal - Reminder
  • Fence Installation Community Meeting - Follow-Up
  • Spout School Supply Orders - Reminder

  • Library News - Reminder
  • Spring Photos Are Now Online! - Reminder
  • Kindergarten Registration for 2023-24 School Year Now Available - Reminder
  • Spotlight on Portrait of a Graduate - NEW
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder



Erica Riley, Principal 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal

End of Year Testing Results

Most assessment reports are distributed centrally to families through SIS ParentVUE or mailed to the address listed in SIS for any student.  Not sure what assessments your student took this year? A list of tests by grade level is available.

Scores for the following assessments will be centrally posted in SIS ParentVue:

  • iReady Scores are expected to be in the week of June 5th (Grades 1-2)
  • iReady Scores are expected to be in the week of June 20th (Grades 3-6)
  • SOL Scores are expected to be in the week of June 12th (Grades 3-6)

The following assessments will be centrally mailed:

  • VKRP expected the week of July 10th (Kindergarten)

Extra Yearbooks!

We are so excited to announce that the Stenwood Yearbooks have arrived!


For those that may have missed the opportunity to purchase one, we have several extras on a first come, first served basis (no holds).

They are $16.25 and we accept check or cash (exact change only). Have your student see Ms. Marrero in the front office.

End of Year Medication Pick-Up/Disposal

Per Regulation 2102, all medications stored in the school health room must be picked up by a parent or guardian no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school.

Any medications which are not picked up on the last day of school will be discarded using proper disposal guidelines. 

Fence Installation Community Meeting


Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for a community meeting on June 1st about the fence project at Stenwood Elementary School. We learned about the project, what to expect going forward, and had the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback. 

Share your questions through the feedback on the online form that will be open through June 15th.

Sprout School Supply Orders for the 23-24 School Year


Avoid the crowded stores this year and do your back-to-school shopping from the comfort of your own home. Stenwood is once again offering school supply kits for sale online through Sprout School Supplies for the 2023-2024 school year. With a few easy clicks, your student(s) will be all set for back-to-school this fall while saving you time and money.  If you would like to donate a supply kit for a family in need, please reach out to Sonja Hunt, to receive a grade level.   Orders must be placed by July 11th.  

Go to and enter school code SES005.

Library News

Library Pic

Ms. Cole reports that we had over 27,000 books checked out this year!  That is amazing and it is true that Stingers are Readers!  However, all good things must come to an end, and Ms. Cole needs all library books returned as soon as possible.  If you are unsure if  your student has library books checked out, your student can log into Destiny Discover through Schoology and check their account. You may also check with Ms. Cole (


If you can’t find your library  books, then you can pay for them via exact change or a check made payable to Stenwood ES. Please send the payment to the library.  Thank you for supporting the library and encouraging your students to read.

Spring Photos Are Now Online!



Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! 

Please visit:

Use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

If you misplaced your student(s) link for picture access, please email our representative for more information

2023 - 24 Kindergarten Registration

Our Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open.  Please use the online portal to submit your initial information and our registrar, Mrs. Hunt, will follow up with you.  


If you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th, please register now.  If you have any neighbors with rising kindergartners, please send this information to them, as well.  


Similar to reading, writing and math, practicing our Portrait of a Graduate (POG) skills doesn't have to stop because it's summer. Visiting family? Ask some of these questions:

  • How did our family communicate together?
  • Did you feel like you were heard? How?
  • How would you rate your active listening skills? Why?

Playing at the pool or a board game?

  • How were you a collaborator today?
  • How did you encourage your teammates?
  • How did you help find a solution to a problem?

Setting a summer goal for yourself? Or want to help your community?

  • What mistake(s) have you made? What did you learn from them?
  • When did you show true friendship by being a friend that makes others feel good and by choosing friends that do the same? How?

Asking your child the simple question, what POG skill did you use today? Give an example, is a quick and easy way to help them grow as Portraits of a Graduate, be prepared for next school year and help them recognize that these skills are important inside and outside of school.

School Meals and

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications


Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now:  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

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Band & Strings Concert!









Kindergarten ABC Countdown!

B is for Bubbles!

ABC Countdown

O is for Origami!

ABC Countdown

D is for Dance Party!

ABC Countdown

I is for Ice Pops!

ABC Countdown

Stay Connected

Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary